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Vegetarians

Posted in Family Health.

According to a 2009 Vegetarian Resource Group/Harris Interactive survey, it is estimated that around three percent of the U.S. adult population is vegetarian. With holiday meals just around the corner, this could present a bit of a challenge for millions of households.

With holiday meals just around the corner, this could present a bit of a challenge for millions of households.
Learn the Lingo. Understanding what a vegetarian is and what they eat can be one of the most difficult areas people face with this issue. A vegetarian does not eat any type of animal flesh, whether from fish, fowl or other animals, although some individuals choose to eat dairy and/or egg products.

Suffer No More! Help For Stomach Pain and Reflux Disease..

Written by Dr Scott Rosenthal. Posted in Family Health.

Suffer No More!   Help For Stomach Pain and Reflux Disease..

 

You sleep on a ramp made of pillows. You gag down chalky pink potions. You gulp purple pills or drinks that fizzle. Your meals taste blander than sand! Cold lips, knotted guts and searing pain are your constant companions. Suffering with heartburn, regurgitation and other symptoms associated with stomach irregularities has become the daily experience of thousands. Help may be just around the corner - and surprisingly, from the hands of a doctor of chiropractic!

Study Raises Concerns About Outdoor Second-hand Smoke

Posted in Family Health.

Indoor smoking bans have forced smokers at bars and restaurants onto outdoor patios, but a new University of Georgia study in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that these outdoor smoking areas might be creating a new health hazard.The study, thought to be the first to assess levels of a nicotine byproduct known as cotinine in nonsmokers exposed to second-hand smoke outdoors, found levels up to 162 percent greater than in the control group.

Healthy Eating Habits

Posted in Family Health.

Healthy eating habits are an important part of maintaining a strong immune system. As cold and flu season get underway, breaking poor eating habits can not only prevent sickness, but also give you more energy, make you feel better about yourself, and help you live a healthier life. Dr. DerMarderosian suggests the following healthy eating basics:

Tiny Fruit, Big Benefits— Blueberries

Written by Debbie Edson RPh. Posted in Family Health.

BlueBerries

Fresh, ripe blueberries are bursting with flavor, loaded with nutrients and low in carbohydrates. They are high in vitamin C and potassium, are a source of vitamin E and important trace minerals, especially manganese and selenium.  Blueberries are a good source of dietary fiber. In addition to their nutritive value, scientists are discovering the tremendous anti-aging, and health protective benefits of blueberries.  These benefits are discovered in the very attribute that gives blueberries their sensory appeal – their color. 

The Scary Truth About Pet Foods

Written by Dr. Rose DiLeva, VMD, MS, CVCP, CVA. Posted in Ask The Vet.

What are we really feeding our Pets?

A:    The pet food industry is a multi-billion dollar per ?year industry. More than 95% of United States companion animals derive their nutritional needs from a single source; that source is commercial pet food. The quality of pet food is extremely variable. There are literally hundreds of pet foods on the market and they range in quality of ingredients. Some contain grains and by-products, others contain human grade meats. This is where the importance of reading the pet food ingredients label comes into play. 

Using Organic Breast Milk

Posted in Family Health.

 

What are the pros and cons of feeding babies formula versus breast milk? And if I purchase formula, should I spend the extra money on the organic variety?
It is generally acknowledged within the medical community that breast milk is the ideal first food for babies, though modern formula brands can get the job done, too. Human breast milk naturally contains the vitamins and minerals a newborn requires. According to the website KidsHealth.org, breastfed infants have less difficulty with digestion than their formula-fed counterparts. And since breast milk is easily digested, breastfed babies have fewer incidences of diarrhea or constipation.

Melissa a 14 year old with Type 1 Diabetes

Posted in Family Health.

Melissa, a 14  year old type 1 diabetic, is currently a freshman at a regional high School.  She enjoys playing with her puppy King Henry, playing tennis and having fun with friends. She is also involved in volunteering for JDRF and feels that her future calling is to be an endocrinologist. Even though she faces day to day challenges with her disease, Melissa lives a pretty normal life with the help and support of her friends and family.

 
As many as 3 million Americans may have Type 1 Diabetes.  Each year more than 15,000 children are diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. That’s 40 children per day.

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Posted in Family Health.

Type 1 diabetes often develops in children, adolescents, and young adults, so it's sometimes called "juvenile diabetes."   Although there is currently no cure for diabetes, we are making progress through research.  In the meantime, people with diabetes do their best to control it with diet, exercise, and insulin.

About Blood Sugar Levels

A healthy pancreas produces insulin, a hormone that the body uses to change glucose in the blood into energy.  Glucose in the blood comes from the food and drink a person consumes.  A person with type 1 diabetes doesn't produce any insulin. 

Intermittent Dizziness

Written by Ann Wilkinson, P.T.M.S. Posted in Hands on Health .

Q:  I have had episodes of dizziness that comes on intermittently and seems to be occurring more frequently and it seems to happen whenever I lie down.  I have been getting treated for a car accident that occurred earlier this year, could they be related?

A:  There is a chance you have benign paradoxical vertigo. This is caused by an unequal distribution of inner ear matter. There are very simple exercises that can be done in sitting.  Turning your head to one side and falling to the opposite side touching the part of your head beneath your ear to the surface count to 30, up and follow the same directions to the other side.  

THE RAW DELIGHT OF UNCOOKED FOODS!

Written by Dr.Scott Rosenthal. Posted in Family Health.

NO FIRE!

 Before they discovered how to make fire, cavemen (or cave people to be politically correct) may have had trouble fending off sabertooth tigers or keeping the clan warm at night. But, could their uncooked foods have been healthier than those comprising the modern diet?

Certainly there are benefits to eating a cooked meal. Nonetheless, it is worth our time to get right down to the roots of the earthy advantages of eating raw foods. To bring the full flavor of the raw food experience to your palate, I decided to consult an expert in the field.

Fitness for People Who Completely Detest, Despise, Hate Exercise!

Written by Joe Stankowski . Posted in Physical Health.

 “A Beginner’s Guide to Creating the Fitness Habit” 

Loathe it or hate it, in some form or another, exercise is one of life’s necessary ‘evils’. It doesn’t matter where you live, how much money you have in the bank or who you know – Your body is your responsibility… and you only get one.
Some think of exercise as pure hell.  Others simply refer to it as the “E-word”.  And then there are those who have found ways to completely eliminate all thoughts of physical activity from their minds (and have less-than-stellar medical records to prove it). But on the positive side, exercise doesn’t mean you have to join a gym or spend a ton of money on high-tech moisture wicking clothing. Exercise is supposed to be fun.  It’s what our bodies are meant to do.  Hard to believe, huh?

Clearing Up the Misconceptions About Kundalini Yoga

Written by Ellyn Hutton. Posted in Yoga.

I am writing this article to hopefully clear up the misconceptions about Kundalini Yoga. As one of the few Kundalini yoga instructors in the area, I am often approached by persons with a certain amount of caution, hesitation, and questioning. “What is this style of yoga you teach?” and “I’ve heard that people can lose their minds practicing your style of yoga” and even “Are you the sex yoga instructor?”  Other yoga instructors will say, “You better be careful. Are you sure that Kundalini yoga is safe?” And then there are others who have never heard of Kundalini Yoga —yet another reason for writing this article.
The following is what I have learned to be true about Kundalini Yoga: it is known as the Yoga of Awareness, it is very safe, it is incredibly healing, and it is not sex yoga, though it does make you feel really good!

Brush Away the Old Make Way for the New

Written by Karen Verna Carlson, N.D., Ph.D.. Posted in Holistic Living.

Our month of May gleams with renewal.  Fluorescent green continues to sprout from rich, dark earth after a restful winter and chilly spring.   Flowers blossom little and large, brilliant and aromatic to seduce pollinating insects—an ingenious strategy to enhance a future for all of us.  What a spectacle.   Do you ever marvel at Nature’s seasonal cycles of soughing off the old for the new to emerge?  I’ve witnessed this spring rebirth 64 times, and continue to be delighted with surprises brand new to my awareness.

Writer's Bio: Karen is a naturopathic physician who has taken holistic healing and education into the realm of quantum physics. She is credited with “the first major breakthrough in Swedish Massage ~ research demonstrating energetic interconnections ~ since Peter Ling systemized it in the early 19th century.” International recognition for her healing and educational work includes an honorary degree, a silver medal, listing in Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women, appearances on TV and radio, lecturing in Europe and in the U.S. for professional symposia, colleges, corporations, community groups, and being featured in professional journals, magazines and newspapers. She has published more than 200 articles on holistic health and education. She has facilitated joyful well-being and health for hundreds of students she has personally certified in holistic healing and holistic massage and for hundreds more clients she has personally touched including luminaries in science, medicine and religion. iamholistic@gmail.com

Why would a Family Doc be researching Running Techniques in his spare time?

Written by Mark Cucuzzella MD, FAAFP . Posted in Running.

ChiRunning

I have been a runner since age 13 and ran competitively at University of Virginia in the mid 80’s.  My interest in medicine was sparked after experiencing our team physician Dr. Danial Kulund of Charlottesville try some seemingly bazaar at the time and innovative approaches to running injuries. 

He was the first to have people run in the pool and built orthotics in his toaster oven. It seemed like there must be better ways to treat these maladies and Dr. Kulund blazed his own path.  Oft injured Mary Decker Slaney was one of the first of Dr. Kulund’s patients to have running rebirth by his methods.

Homocysteine): Can levels predict life expectancy?

Written by Mari Fischer. Posted in Vitamins,Supplements & Herbs.

Homocysteine): Can levels predict life expectancy?

 What if someone were to tell you that there was a measurable substance in your body that is theoretically the most important indicator of the health and adaptability of your body’s total biochemistry and your risk of degenerative diseases?  Sound intriguing – that’s what is being said about Homocysteine.  Recent research is discovering that high levels of homocysteine can damage arteries, the brain and DNA.  Elevated homocysteine has been proven to increase the formation of plaques on blood vessel walls leading to clogging and hardening of the arteries.

Another Fabulous Growth Opportunity

Written by Karen Verna Carlson, N.D., Ph.D.. Posted in Holistic Living.

Spring Flowers

Spring into joyful celebration of change.

What an exciting season.  Mother Nature dazzles every one of my senses in Her spectacular performance of rebirth and renewal.  Last month’s little green nubs are today’s kaleidoscopic tulips and golden daffodils.  The delicious aroma of freshly mowed grass inspires me to pause for some really deep breaths.  Barefoot stepping over lush, cool moss not only delights my feet, but also brightens my already good mood.  Songbirds serenade me into wakefulness each morning like those endearing opening scenes of Walt Disney’s Cinderella.  The exquisite taste and crunchy texture of the first fresh-picked asparagus from the garden is irresistible.   

Writer's Bio: Karen is a naturopathic physician who has taken holistic healing and education into the realm of quantum physics. She is credited with “the first major breakthrough in Swedish Massage ~ research demonstrating energetic interconnections ~ since Peter Ling systemized it in the early 19th century.” International recognition for her healing and educational work includes an honorary degree, a silver medal, listing in Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women, appearances on TV and radio, lecturing in Europe and in the U.S. for professional symposia, colleges, corporations, community groups, and being featured in professional journals, magazines and newspapers. She has published more than 200 articles on holistic health and education. She has facilitated joyful well-being and health for hundreds of students she has personally certified in holistic healing and holistic massage and for hundreds more clients she has personally touched including luminaries in science, medicine and religion. iamholistic@gmail.com

What's Your Spice? Turmeric

Written by Debbie Edson RPh. Posted in Family Health.

Spring has sprung and along with mild temperatures and longer days come our primordial desires to clean houses, yards, cars and pets. Getting rid of excess “stuff” accumulated during the winter brings a tremendous sense of relief and accomplishment.  Our bodies, according to Eastern and Western healing traditions, also accumulate excess “stuff” during the winter months.  Heavy protein and fat laden meals, combined with lack of exercise, leave the digestive tract and liver sluggish. Among the “spring cleaning” herbs in Traditional Chinese and Ayruvedic Medicine is turmeric.  Traditionally, people use turmeric for indigestion, bloating, intestinal parasites, and to support the liver and gall bladder. Herbal support for the digestive tract and liver, according to these healing methods, helps the body eliminate toxins and purifies the blood. 

Cat Heart Disease

Written by Dr Rose Dileva VMD,MS,CVCP,CVA. Posted in Ask The Vet.

Heart Conditions in cats

Q : My 15 year old Siamese cat has been diagnosed with a heart condition. The veterinarian called it cardiomyopathy. Could you explain what this is and if my cat can live with this kind of problem?

Strengthening Faith in a Higher Power if you have one. Finding one if you don’t

Written by Karen Verna Carlson, N.D., Ph.D. Posted in Holistic Living.

Whether you’re among the 86% of polled Americans who favor retaining “In God We Trust” on currency, or the 14% that want it deleted, here’s some down to earth encouragement to get help for living well from a powerful higher resource.  Whether you are religious, agnostic or atheist, believing in and utilizing some power greater than one’s mortal self is a topic worth exploration during these challenging times.  It’s an enduring investment with guaranteed dividends.

Writer's Bio: Karen is a naturopathic physician who has taken holistic healing and education into the realm of quantum physics. She is credited with “the first major breakthrough in Swedish Massage ~ research demonstrating energetic interconnections ~ since Peter Ling systemized it in the early 19th century.” International recognition for her healing and educational work includes an honorary degree, a silver medal, listing in Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women, appearances on TV and radio, lecturing in Europe and in the U.S. for professional symposia, colleges, corporations, community groups, and being featured in professional journals, magazines and newspapers. She has published more than 200 articles on holistic health and education. She has facilitated joyful well-being and health for hundreds of students she has personally certified in holistic healing and holistic massage and for hundreds more clients she has personally touched including luminaries in science, medicine and religion. iamholistic@gmail.com

Canine Heart Health

Written by Dr Rose Dileva VMD,MS,CVCP,CVA. Posted in Ask The Vet.

Q:     At my dog’s last visit to the veterinarian, he mentioned that he heard a heart murmur and that “James” may have the beginning of heart disease. James is a 12 year old boxer. Can you shed some light on the subject?

GOLD BEAD IMPLANTATIONS IN VETERINARY ACUPUNCTURE

Written by Dr Rose Dileva VMD,MS,CVCP,CVA. Posted in Ask The Vet.

The 1970’s were an exciting decade in medicine in the United States.  The introduction of acupuncture from the East opened up many avenues of healing. The public became more aware of alternative methods of healing, both for themselves and their pets.  Individuals that had a positive response to non-conventional treatment modalities, such as acupuncture, homeopathy, Chinese herbs or chiropractic adjustments, began to question whether these same treatments would be beneficial for their companion animals. 

Integrating Spirit, Mind and Body Into the Health Paradigm

Written by Dr.Gerald Lemole. Posted in Integrative Health.

"In the last fifty years, the concept of an holistic approach to wellness, - integrating spirit, mind and body into the health paradigm, has been called many things, some of them unrepeatable in polite company. It has morphed from alternative to complimentary and finally integrative medicine.  This includes spirituality, stress modification, exercise, diet and micronutrition. "

Dr. Gerald Lemole, Medical Director Preventive Medicine & Rehabilitation Center and Center for Integrative Health 

  Many centers are emerging around the country primarily because the public demands empowerment and a more proactive role in their own health.

Is There A Link Between Cell Phone Tower Radiation And Cancer?

Posted in Family Health.

“Based on limited amounts of research, the American Cancer Society says that the energy level of radio waves coming off cell towers is too low to cause cancer or any other noticeable human health impacts. Still, cell phones and their towers are a fairly new technology, and more research on the topic is sure to come.”

Is there any scientific evidence of links between exposure to cell phone tower radiation and cancer?
 No one doubts that cell phone towers give off low-level radio-frequency radiation (similar to the microwave oven in your home), but scientists are still debating the health effects of long-term exposure.

A Glass Of Milk A Day May Keep Colon Cancer Away

Posted in Family Health.

Got Milk?

Moms and health experts agree: milk does a body good. It delivers the calcium you need for strong bones and teeth, muscle contraction and a beating heart. And now, studies are showing that people who drink milk every day lower their risk of colorectal cancer as much as 12 percent, and double that if they drink two glasses a day!

Designers go Fur Free

Posted in Pet Health.

More and more retailers and designers are rejecting cruelty and potential consumer deception by adopting fur-free policies. Listed here are those who’ve announced that they don’t sell animal fur or are phasing in this policy. Be sure to check the current status of the companies listed above—in order to confirm that they are,  or  will be phasing in a fur-free policy. Some fur garments bearing the name of listed brands or designers who have recently gone fur-free may continue to be available in discount and overstock stores and on online auction sites.

Homeopathy- An Overview

Written by Debbie Edson RPh. Posted in Homeopathy.

Homeopathy is a system of medicine based upon the phenomenon that substances, which cause a particular illness in healthy individuals at high doses, can be used to cure or mitigate similar symptoms when given in very small doses.

History

In 1790 a German physician named Samuel Hahnemann, distressed by the toxic medical methods of his day, abandoned the practice of medicine.  At the time, the primary arsenals of medicine were bloodletting with leaches, and the use of toxic metals. Hahnemann was a linguist and, to support his large family, he went to work as a translator.

Yoga - Learning to Relax

Posted in Yoga.

Everyone suffers from mild anxiety from time to time, but chronic anxiety takes a tremendous toll on the body, draining energy resources and keeping the body in a constant state of stress. The effects of anxiety are magnified when the body is not exercised: tension in the muscles builds, breathing remains constricted most of the time, and the mind has no rest from the whirling thoughts and feelings that feed the anxiety.

Avoiding injury from sustained aerobic training

Written by Jim Menz. Posted in Excercise.

There are  several approaches to reducing impact injuries common to sustained aerobic training.  This entry will focus on a strategem used by trainers in a variety of settings.  Virtually every training situation, from rehab to sports training, can benefit from interval training.  Generally defined, an interval is a short period of time during which exercise intensity is increased.  To a jogger, an interval is a short sprint mixed in before returning to normal pace.  A walker on a treadmill might increase speed or elevation for a few seconds, then return to their sustained speed.  Any temporary increase in intensity constitutes an interval.  There are many uses and benefits to this approach, but the first task is to clarify the term intensity.

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